10/25/16 The Guardian
Presidents of Mexico do not wake up thinking how to “screw” the country, the current office holder Enrique Peña Nieto said on Tuesday, seeking to defend his record in government and encourage positive thinking. Peña Nieto’s reputation has been dented by abuses by security forces, conflict-of-interest scandals and political corruption. It took a fresh hit this summer when he hosted the US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Mexico City on 31 August for a hastily arranged visit that surprised many members of his cabinet.
Trump has long pilloried Mexico, pledging to isolate the country behind a huge border wall and saying the United States’ southern neighbor has been sending rapists and drug smugglers north. Speaking at an event in Mexico City organized by the newspaper El Financiero and Bloomberg, Peña Nieto urged an audience of business people and politicians to take an optimistic view of Mexico, even if that did not mean talking up the government.